Archive for the ‘Oak Tree Fine Press’ Category

The Guardian looks in on Hand and Eye Letterpress

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

FPBA member Phil Abel of Hand and Eye Letterpress was written up in Saturday’s Guardian. The writer, Jon Henley, spends most of his time explaining letterpress but it’s good to see presses covered in the mainstream media.

While we’re talking about Hand & Eye, did you know they are one of the printers of the Letterpress Shakespeare for the Folio Society?  Here’s their Hamlet:

These books are printed on Zerkall mould made paper in an edition of 3750. Most titles in the series run around $600. (In my next life I am going to be born rich instead of good-looking.) Hand & Eye do superlative jobbing work and have printed books for a number of clients including Oak Tree Fine Press. Take some time to look at Hand & Eye’s work on their website and subscribe to their blog.

— Paul Razzell

Vacancy at Oak Tree Fine Press

Monday, May 11th, 2009


Oak Tree Fine Press is now looking for a multi-talented, organised individual to carry out key roles in marketing and production.
Ideally with experience in PR, publishing and non-profit sector.
We are looking to recruit for this post asap. To apply, please send your CV to Nancy at and call on 01865 596 719 or 07814 095783 to discuss the role and arrange an informal interview. Check out our website for more details about the press.

Key tasks

  • Writing press releases, adverts, emails
  • Editing and proof reading publications
  • Liaison with printers, binders, customers
  • Approaching individuals for support
  • Basic clerical tasks and office management
  • Maintaining databases

Key skills

  • Flexible, adaptable, organised and motivated
  • Excellent writing and proof reading skills
  • Creative and positive approach
  • Excellent people skills

— Paul Razzell

Wood engraver Andy English at work

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


I have admired Andy English’s work for years and so was pleased to learn of his blog where he display his progress on current projects. Have a look at the stages of designing and then engraving the blocks for Oak Tree Fine Press’s A Outrance. (The finished engraving is shown above.) You may be interested in seeing his short video showing the development of a bookplate from the initial sketches, through the engraving of the woodblock and, finally different states of the printed plate, below.

Andy also blogs about restoring his Albion press. Keep up the fine work, Andy!

—Paul Razzell

The Man Booker Prize and Oak Tree Fine Press

Friday, April 3rd, 2009


Not surprisingly, the Man Booker Prize organization is keenly following the books coming out of Oak Tree Fine Press. Oak Tree Fine Press’s First Chapter Series is a new collaboration between Man Booker Prize-winning authors and numerous artists to raise money for children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. Oak Tree Fine Press collaborate with Nobel and Booker prize-winning authors, and noted artists in a unique publishing program. Artists who have worked with Oak Tree include Yoko Ono, FPBA member Abigail Rorer, Stephen Alcorn and many other luminaries.

The amazing story of Oak Tree Fine Press will be featured in the fall 2009 issue of Parenthesis. Definitely something to look forward to.

Above: A portrait of Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing by Abigail Rorer for Lessing’s On Not Winning the Nobel Prize (Oak Tree Fine Press, 2009).

— Paul Razzell